Archive for Artists Reception

The Harlow Presents ‘Commonplace’


Maxwell Nolin ‘Burden’

The Harlow presents “Commonplace”, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Nathan Allard of Somerville and Maxwell Nolin of Belfast. The exhibition is on view January 4 – February 9  at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, January 4, 5-7pm.

Nathan Allard ‘Rachael’

In Commonplace, Allard and Nolin highlight people of New England through portraits and figure paintings represented in oil and egg tempera paint. The exhibition takes a look at the simple, quiet moments in life, and offers a space for contemplation and reflection.

Betts Gallery celebrates annual ‘Holiday Galleria’


This December, Betts Gallery celebrates the holidays with their annual ‘Holiday Galleria’ show, joining in on the Belfast Holiday Artwalk with an opening reception, Friday December 7th, 5:30-8pm. The exhibit of local, affordable art, in a variety of media includes works by: Sally Brophy, Jennie Connor, Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, Sarah Faragher, Helene Ferrar, Conny Hatch, David Jacobson, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Allegra Kuhn, Kathleen Mack, Leslie Moore, Willy Reddick, Wes Reddick, Betty Schopmeyer, Lesia Sochor, Kay Sullivan, Mary Trotochaud and Peter Walls. Be sure to check in often, as the show, which runs from December 7th through the 22nd, will be changing throughout the month as sold pieces are replaced by new work.

Art for The Holidays at Gleason Fine Art’s

Ed Parker, Happy Holidays, acrylic, 4” double sided ornament

Wouldn’t it be fun to see what career artists could come up with for tree ornaments? That’s the idea behind the centerpiece of Gleason Fine Art’s “Art for the Holidays” show, which begins Thursday, November 29, 2018, and runs through Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A beautiful Christmas tree will be decorated with ornaments made by the gallery’s artists. A celebratory open house, to which everyone is invited, will be held at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue, from 3 to 6 pm, on Saturday, December 1, to coincide
with Harbor Lights Festival. Refreshments including wine and craft beer will be

Janice Anthony, Canada Lilies, acrylic, 4” double sided ornament


Jeff Barrett, Happy Fish, oil painted wood, 4” long fish ornaments

For his ornaments, Southport summer resident Ed Parker has carved and painted two pieces with his characteristic folky nautical themes. Ed’s delightful “Lighthouse Dog” is decked out in his holiday finest. Lani Havens has made a series of gorgeous blocks collaged with delicate red, orange, and pink poppies. Maine realist Janice Anthony has created a tiny double-sided painting of yellow and orange lilies. Folk artist Jeff Barrett’s whimsical carvings have been purchased by collectors ranging from those with surnames like Rockefeller and Marcus (as in Neiman-Marcus) to tourists just back from visiting the Botanical Gardens. For the gallery’s tree, Jeff has netted us an entire school of his “happy fish.” Besides the tree ornaments that are arriving daily, the gallery’s showrooms have been hung with a bounty of seasonal paintings by gallery favorites Mitch and Kathleen Billis, Kevin Beers, and Tom Curry. East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ sumptuous snowscapes are a feast of color. East Boothbay summer resident, and newly minted Gleason artist, Don Demers, has given the gallery several new oils, including a little beauty titled “Winter Tide.” Roger Dale Brown, who joined the Gleason roster just this year, is represented by several glowing, snow-covered paintings of Maine coastal villages and harbors. Not interested in paintings? The gallery has so much more: a new batch of George Pearlman’s porcelain jars, vases, and pots in cobalt and emerald green; rings, necklaces, and bracelets by Christine Peters, our former gallery manager who has become a jewelry rock star; and a luscious selection of Moroccan rugs from that indomitable duo, Diana Kerr and Kathleen Jones.

Art at The Grill in Damariscotta

Art at the Grill showcasing works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn, Steve Dunn, Penny Markley, Judy Schuppien and Kim Skillin Traina. Art opening December 5 4-5:30 and is on display from December 4 – January 22.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Studio Picks”

Philip Frey, Through and Through, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches


Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Studio Picks,” a juried show highlighting new work selected from the studios of their gallery artists. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, December 5 from 5–7pm. The show runs from December 5–December 23, 2018. The event is free and open to the public.


Rosie Moore, Blue Vase, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches


Many of the artworks in the show are oil paintings created in late summer or fall. Other mediums include a monoprint by Susan Amons, a digital montage by Jeffery Becton, silver gelatin prints by Lisa Tyson Ennis, and one-of-a kind tri-color gum prints by Alan Vlach. Vlach gum prints are made from photographs he took of wheatpaste graffiti in Portland, Maine, and New York City. Gum printing is a nineteenth century process using a mixture of gum Arabic, photosensitive dichromate, and watercolor pigment that is brushed on paper, dried, and exposed to ultraviolet light under an enlarged negative.


Alan Vlach, A Tear, tri-color gum print, 8 x 8 inches

Participating artists, include Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Jeffery Becton, Ragna Bruno, Lisa Tyson Ennis, Philip Frey, William Irvine, Jessica Lee Ives, Rosie Moore, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Alan Vlach.

Greenhut Galleries’ 24th Annual Holiday Show

Tina Ingraham, Glenn’s Lobster House, Mackerel Cove, Bailey’s Island, Oil on linen, 12 x 16 inches


Greenhut Galleries’ 24th Annual Holiday Show, featuring its complete roster of painters and sculptors, opens Thursday, December 6th. While the gallery-wide exhibition opens on that date, the public reception for the show – a great chance to meet many of the artists while sampling Holiday treats – will be held on Saturday, December 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Henry Isaacs, At Bradbury Mountain, Pownal, oil on canvas, 16 x 30 inches


Kathi Smith, Snow Globe, Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches


With styles ranging from realism to colorful abstraction, there is something for everyone for the Holidays. This exhibition runs from December 6 through December 29, 2018.

Holiday Countdown Exhibit: Artist Reception at The Framemakers Gallery

Jim McLear, “The Royal Reaches”

The Frameworks Gallery introduces an exhibit spotlighting the following artists:
Acrylics, Knits, and Sweater Ornaments by Bonnie Hayward;
Weavings by Rachel Marsh-Sachs;
Acrylics by Jim & Gisele McLear;
Watercolors by Pam Dubois;
Photography by Lisa Laverdure;
Photography by Jennifer Hickey;
Also featuring The Waterville Area Art Society Holiday Block Party 2018
Artcards and Ornaments by Ann Rhinehardt and earrings by Greta Joseph are available for purchase throughout the exhibit.
Bonnie Hayward and Rachel Marsh-Sachs (The Winter Sisters) were introduced to each other by Bonnie’s sister a few years ago. Immediately they became fast friends and found they had much in common. They have enjoyed exploring various art activities together and have had great fun in the process! Bonnie lives in Waterville and loves working in a variety of mediums. Her passions are color, design, and naked trees. Her husband, Sumner, deals in antiques. Bonnie is apt to “borrow” some of his little treasures to use in her assemblages. Rachel lives in Sidney, where she runs a wholesale perennial nursery with her husband. She has always enjoyed working with fabric, fiber, and color. When she turned 60, she decided to make an effort to devote more of her time pursuing these passions (mostly in the winter).
Jim McLearis a representational painter and has been a resident of Maine for the past 23 years. He gravitates to depicting all things natural. Rocks, shells, gourds, feathers, bones and birds’ nests have all appeared in his still lifes, which he often refers to as Mandalas for their quiet contemplation. His landscapes have recently expanded from East Coast imagery to the Pacific Northwest after a sailing adventure in British Columbia piqued his interest. Jim still accepts commissioned portraits, but thoroughly enjoy painting family and friends. Jim also has been inspired by a fellow artist to step outside his comfort zone and switch from using oil to acrylic paint. Jim is passionate about painting from life, as it challenges him everyday, and he is very fortunate to be able to call it his profession.
Gisele McLear’s paintings in this show represent changes in her approach to “making art”. While she has generally worked with oils or pastels (preferring the latter for their convenience), she was encouraged by a fellow artist to try acrylics. Her enthusiasm for the medium was both convincing and contagious. At around the same time, a neighbor’s duck and free-range chickens began roaming their yard. She and her husband Jim were entertained them; they fed them and snapped photos. Her first chicken painting was for the 2018 Summer Block Party. She’s had such fun with it, and since pulled out dozens of “critter” reference photos taken in their neighborhood over the years, which led to these paintings. While Gisele still enjoy portraiture and still-lifes, it has been a delight to expand both her subject matter and medium!

Pam Dubois, “Twilight Over the Bay”

Pam Dubois was born in Montana and raised in Deer Isle, ME. For the past eleven years, she and her husband have lived in Winslow, ME. They have one grown daughter who resides in the Portland area. Pam has had an appreciation for art and photography for many years, but it was only after taking a watercolor class in 2014 that she discovered a passion for painting. Pam’s watercolor paintings are often inspired by the beauty of nature and wildlife, including the herd of deer that visit’s the woods behind her home every winter. She enjoys using vibrant colors and experimenting with different techniques as she paints. Two years ago, Pam launched her small business, Pam’s Cam and Watercolors, on Etsy, to sell cards and prints of her photography and watercolor paintings. She also participates in craft fairs throughout the region. Pam hopes that her artwork will inspire others to be creative and take time to appreciate the natural beauty all around us.

Lisa Lavendure is an upcoming photographer from Winslow Maine. She takes in her surroundings of nature and captures them in a moment with her art. This is Lisa’s first show.


Jennifer Hickey, “Day is Done”











Jennifer Hickey is a social worker by vocation; much of her artistic work is a reflection of her life-long work as both a teacher and social worker. She often photographs the worn, overlooked, misunderstood, and tired. It may be everyday flowers most mow over, leaves that have drifted off their tree, the ocean one may step over in trying to take in the scenic view, or the homeless person on the street holding a donation can. Jennifer is seeking to help people gain a new understanding of beauty.”

Gallery runs from November 15th, 2018 to January 12th, 2019.
Meet the artists December 14th, 5:30 to 7:30pm. There will be refreshments provided by Holy Cannoli! and live music by Kennebec Valley Chordmen.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery opens HOMELAND


Colette Shumate Smith: “#American Gothic”, mixed media on wood panel, 35 x 35 in. 

HOMELAND: A multimedia exhibit exploring
our collective and diverse relationship to home/land


Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s new exhibit HOMELAND speaks to a deep relationship that comes from cultivating the land, and a longing for connection with the land. This open call exhibit was promoted and curated in collaboration with GEDAKINA, Inc., a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England, and to conserve traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological and spiritual significance.

The first floor of the gallery features sixteen artists from varied backgrounds that seek to explore their relationship to home and land in a wide variety of mediums and styles.

Arlene Claudill Hulva’s colored pencil figurative landscape integrates New England and Latin American panoramas.

 A vibrant Medicine Wheel painting by Mihku Paul-Anderson incorporates elements from the Waponaki culture and symbols from the natural world, while Maureen Block uses a 20th century ironing board as her painting surface for her work “Uprooted, Unrooted, Rerooted,” that depicts writhing roots in bold reds and yellows.

In two very different interpretations of Grant Woods’s iconic painting “American Gothic”, Colette Shumate Smith’s mixed media self-portrait reminds us to be vigilant of changing attitudes toward the land; and Bill Robitzek’s acrylic painting “Bowdoinham Gothic: Sarah and Laura” depicts a modern farm couple that is self-sufficient, and socially-conscious.

Liz McGhee: “Vibrations”, mixed media and gelatin print, 12 x 18 in.

Liz McGhee’s gelatin plate monotypes use a palette of blues, grays, purples, and browns with shapes and line that depict her intuitive wanderings through minimalistic landscapes.

Patricia Ranzoni, Bucksport’s 2014 Poet Laureate, contributes three lyrical, flowing poems on the greater longing for ancient home ground and the yearning of displaced peoples for their place on Earth.

Gabrielle Brown: “Storage Basket 2”, copper, graphite, canvas, 8 x 7 x 7 in.

Gabrielle Brown’s five copper, graphite and canvas woven baskets are based on Shaker designs. Elizabeth Hunter has created a grouping of rya pillows, an ancient Nordic woven pile technique, which speak to human’s connection with the seasons.


Kathy Pollard: “Corn Mother”, glass beads, corn husks, moose antler

Kathy Pollard will be displaying a large piece of birch bark with inscribed and painted Maine Indian petroglyph reproductions, and a beautiful sculpture “Corn Mother,” made with glass beads and moose antler.

Constant Albertson: “Désolé”, ceramics, 16 x 9 in.

A mixed media installation by Thér̀ese Provenzano incorporates objects to invoke memories of childhood and change, while Constant Albertson will have two ceramic sculpture pieces on display with themes of water awareness.

Color photographs by Christina Gessler, Emily Davis, and Karyn Marden depict varied subjects, such as quintessential views of life on a farm, organically found picture rocks, and images of the Casco Bay area.


Karen Merritt: “Perfect Offering”, gelatin silver print, 9 x 9 in.

Karen Merritt’s gelatin silver prints portray the beauty in urban gardens of Portland in black and white.

Maine Farmland Trust will host the exhibit at its Gallery in Belfast from November 12, 2018 through March 1, 2019. Artist talks will be held on Friday, November 16th at 5pm, with a reception following from 5:30-8pm. Also, the Belfast Holiday Art Walk will occur Friday, December 7th, 5:30-8pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit


CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition Opens November 3

Julie K. Gray, “Waiting Room,” mixed media installation

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will open the 20th edition of its statewide CMCA Biennial Exhibition on November 3, 2018, with an opening reception from 5 to 7pm. The Biennial will remain on view through March 3, 2019. This year’s Biennial is sponsored by The First National Bank and features the work of 43 artists from 33 Maine communities. The exhibiting artists were selected from a pool of 659 individual submissions by jurors Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.

CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy states, “This year’s Biennial is a really lively snapshot of art making in Maine today, showcasing a wide variety of work in all mediums including strong examples of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, installations, and video work. There is truly something for everyone in the show and I think visitors will be impressed by the quality and diversity of the work.”

Eleanor Kipping, “Strange Fruit,” installation and performance

In the jurors’ statement, Kate Green writes, “The over 600 submissions to the CMCA Biennial evidenced the breadth of contemporary practices flourishing across the state, while also reflecting elements that make Maine unique: the sea, the wilderness, craft. Having spent part of every summer of my life in Maine, I feel privileged to have gotten to know the strength of its artists through this jurying process.”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998.

Adam Ekberg, “Lawn Chair Catapult,” archival pigment print

Artists included in the 2018 CMCA Biennial Exhibition are: Freedom Baird, Tenants Harbor and Cambridge, MA; Tad Beck, Vinalhaven; Mattina Blue, Belfast; Amy Stacey Curtis, Lyman; Alicia Eggert, Portland and Denton, TX; Adam Ekberg, Rome and Flemington, NJ; Donna Festa, Bangor; Alan Fishman, Belfast; Thomas Flanagan, Yarmouth; Carolina González Valencia​, Lewiston; Julie K. Gray, Saco; Sarah Haskell, York; Willoughby Lucas Hastings, Cranberry Isles and Brighton, MA; Dylan Hausthor, Peaks Island; Ethan Hayes-Chute, Freeport and Berlin, Germany; Anna Hepler, Eastport and Greenfield, MA; Hilary Irons, Portland; Samantha Jones, Blue Hill; Eleanor Kipping, Orono; Seth Koen, South Bristol and Easthampton, MA; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Siglinde Langholz, Orono and Puebla, Mexico; Alex Lukas, West Bath and Pittsburgh, PA; LumenARRT!, Durham; Shanna Merola, Bangor and Hamtramck, MI;  K. Min, Friendship; Elaine K. Ng, Rockland; Ashley Normal, York; Isabelle O’Donnell, Portland; Julie Poitras Santos, Portland; Jesse Potts , Farmington; Probably Joel, Portland and Hong Kong, China; Alison Rector, Monroe and South Portland; Becky Jane Rosen, Brunswick and New York, NY; Rachel Sieben, South Portland; Gina Siepel, Portland and Greenfield, MA; Anneli Skaar and Sal Taylor Kydd, Camden and Rockport; Suzy Spence, Brooklin and Brooklyn, NY; Tectonic Industries, Portland; TUG Collective, New Sharon; Kathy Weinberg, Morrill; Michael Winkler, Bridgton and Millerton, NY; Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, MA.

For additional information about the CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition and related programs, visit

Artist Reception: Featured Artists From Northern Journeys Magazine and Artist Talk


Steve Burns

Markings Gallery is hosting an artist reception on November 18 from 4-6:00 for past and present, featured artists of Northern Journeys Magazine. Northern Journeys is a magazine of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences distributed in Midcoast Maine. Come and meet some of the exceptional artists you have been
reading about. The evening will be capped off with a talk by Sculptor and jeweler Steve Burns.
We will have a preview of Steve’s new jewelry line. Steve will talk about how he “faked it”in the big city of New York reinventing himself as a high level restorer of major sculpture and finer art objects for NY galleries. He will tell us how he fought his way into the film union so he could barter his welding and model making skills into being able to work on union sf crews for feature films and commercials that you probably have seen.

Refreshments are generously donated by Byrnes Irish Pub, 38 Centre St, Bath, ME 04530